In the referendum on the independence of New Caledonia from France, almost everyone voted against

In the & nbsp; two previous referendums, in & nbsp; 2018 and & nbsp; 2020, opponents of independence won with & nbsp; less advantage Three referendums were foreseen in the 1988 agreement with the & nbsp; movement for & nbsp; independence of the islands.

Proponents of independence asked to postpone the current vote, saying that & nbsp; the coronavirus pandemic made a fair campaign impossible, and & nbsp; also that & nbsp; the indigenous inhabitants of the archipelago, , it takes time for & nbsp; to mourn the dead from & nbsp; covid.

Not & nbsp; having not achieved the postponement of the referendum, the separatists called for a boycott, which & nbsp; could contribute to a decrease in the turnout & nbsp; & mdash; it was only 43.9%. According to Agence France-Presse, its reporters observed a particularly low turnout in & nbsp; places of compact residence of the Canaks.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that & nbsp; “ France is even more beautiful, since New Caledonia has decided to remain its 'part'.

Not directly mentioning the & nbsp; boycott of the referendum, Macron, however, acknowledged that & nbsp; New Caledonian voters were “ deeply divided '' and & nbsp; expressed condolences to those who & nbsp; lost loved ones.

Freed from the & nbsp; binary choice between & ldquo; yes & rdquo; and & nbsp; & ldquo; no & rdquo;, we & nbsp; must now build a common project, recognizing and & nbsp; respecting the dignity of everyone & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; the President of France emphasized in a recorded video message.